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Francois-Xavier Fabre-Attrib. "Portrait of a Florentine courtier", important discovery!!, 1801/07 40000 EUR
Francois-Xavier Fabre-Attrib. "Portrait of a Florentine courtier", important discovery!!, 1801/07
On view here is a portrait of a Florentine courtier seating on the bank of the river Arno, with a typical view of Tuscan hills in the background. He is depicted wearing the coat of a courtier (or official?) of the short-lived (1801-1807) Kingdom of Etruria (on territory of Tuscany; see our image nr.35). The Kingdom of Etruria's capital was the city of Florence (note coat buttons impressed with Royal Crown and three Bourbon lilies - all symbols of (then ruling in Florence) Louis I, King of Etruria (1773-1803) and (after the latter's death) his widow, Maria Luisa of Bourbon, nee Princess of Spain, the Regent for their underage son Charles Louis (1799-1883)). The sitter, who is shown writing a letter addressed "a M(onsieur)…" (he is using a red-colored volume as a writing tablet), was surely one of significant members of Florentine high society.
François-Xavier-Pascal Fabre (1766 Montpellier, France - 1837 ibidem) began his artistic career as a pupil of Vien, to whom he was recommended by Jean Coustou. After studying with Vien Fabre became a pupil of Jacques-Louis David. In 1787 he received the Great Rome Prize for his "Nabuchodonosor fait tuer les enfants de Sedecias en presence de leur pere" (now in Parisian Ecole de Beaux-Arts). On a scholarship awarded for winning the Rome Prize, Fabre moved to Italy and soon came to Florence. The city enamored him to such degree that, at the onset of Revolution in his homeland and being himself monarchically inclined, Fabre decided to settle there. He remained in Florence until 1828, where the greater part of his œuvre saw its birth. In 1828 he returned to his native Montpellier and remained there until his death in 1837.
See also our web # 37170.
Condition: good; one minimal patch on verso (professionally restored dot-like hole; nothing is visible on the front of the painting); in magnificent original gilded frame
Creation Year: 1801/07
Measurements: UNFRAMED:73,0x59,5cm/28,7x23,4in FRAMED: 94,5x80,5cm/37,2x31,7in
Object Type: Framed oil painting
Style: Old Master drawings
Technique: oil on canvas
Creator: Francois Xavier Fabre
Creator Dates: 1766 Montpellier-1837 Montpellier
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